Final: Part 1 – Wednesday 15 September
Chamber Performances with the Brodsky Quartet
Chamber Performances with the Brodsky Quartet
The Brodsky Quartet are at the forefront of the international chamber music scene. Their love and mastery of the traditional string quartet repertoire is evident from their highly acclaimed performances of composers ranging from Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Tchaikovsky to Shostakovich, Bartok, Britten and Respighi, as well as from their extensive, award-winning discography
At the same time, the Quartet are known for their pioneering work with a diverse range of performing artists, including singers Elvis Costello, Sting, Anne Sofie von Otter, Dawn Upshaw and Björk, instrumentalists Michael Collins, Joan Lluna, Martin Roscoe, Alexander Baillie, Tunde Jegede, Complicité Theatre Company and Icelandic poet Sjon, while their many collaborations with distinguished composers, including John Tavener, Witold Lutoslawski, Peter Sculthorpe, Django Bates, Sally Beamish, Dave Brubeck and Peter Maxwell Davies, have given them an unrivalled opportunity to influence and inspire some of the newest work for string quartet.Their passion to embrace “all good music” has been the driving force behind their success and has kept their approach fresh and their enthusiasm high for well over 30 years.
They have a huge and diverse discography, having worked with many major labels, finally forming their own label, Brodsky Records, in 2005. Recent awards for recording include the Diapason D’Or and the CHOC du Monde de la Musique for their recordings of string quartets by Britten, Beethoven and Janacek, whilst for their outstanding contribution to innovation in programming the Brodsky Quartet has received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. They have taught at many international chamber music courses and held residencies in several music institutes, including the first such post at the University of Cambridge. They currently hold the International Chair of Chamber Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and have been awarded Honorary Doctorates at the University of Kent and University of Teesside.
The quartet is named after the great Russian violinist Adolf Brodsky, dedicatee of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto and passionate chamber musician, who played an important role in musical life in 1920s Manchester and at the Royal Northern College of Music where the quartet studied.
Concerto Performances with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Guest Conductor Martyn Brabbins
Formed in December 1935 by Scottish composer and conductor Ian Whyte, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is regarded as one of the UK’s leading orchestras. The winner of several awards, including a Royal Philharmonic Society Award (the only Scottish orchestra to do so) and four Gramophone Awards, its wide repertoire and flexible approach to format means it can perform a complex contemporary piece as a specialist ensemble alongside a major symphonic work. It has a busy broadcasting schedule on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Television and also records commercially.
The orchestra also takes live music to towns and cities across Scotland every season, is in demand at major UK festivals and plays every summer at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival. It is in demand at major festivals throughout the world, has appeared in many of the great musical centres of Europe and has toured the USA, South America and been twice to China, most recently in May 2008. The orchestra is extremely active in the community with an innovative learning programme dedicated to bringing the inspiration of great music to people of all ages and backgrounds. The BBC SSO is the leading supporter of living composers and new music in Scotland, having worked with many leading composers over the years from Britten and Shostakovich to Kurtág, Tan Dun and Jonathan Harvey, and it is especially proud of its support for Scottish composers.
Edinburgh-born Donald Runnicles became the BBC SSO’s Chief Conductor in September 2009, a post which runs concurrently with his position as General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He succeeded Ilan Volkov (Chief Conductor of the BBC SSO from January 2003-September 2009) who now holds the post of Principal Guest Conductor. Eminent British musician Andrew Manze will become the orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor from November 2010.
The BBC SSO is 75 years old this year, continues to celebrate both its longevity and its artistic success, and it looks forward to many more years of distinguished service to the art of music in Scotland and beyond.
Artistic Director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music 2005-2007, he was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1994-2005. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, a position which started in September 2009.
Norris is Professor of Musical Performance at the University of Southampton and Visiting Professor of Fortepiano at the Royal College of Music, an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, Educational Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and of the Royal College of Organists
Photo: Christian Steiner
Derek is a composer, pianist, lecturer and writer on music. He studied composition with Alan Bush at the Royal Academy of Music in London and now lives in the Scottish Borders. His books include Richard Wagner: A Biography and the volumes on Bruckner and Liszt in the Master Musicians Series.